HEADING TO THE PHILIPPINES? You might want to brush up on your Tagalog and Cebuano. There’s no universal language in the Philippines — but the basics of these two will get you far. Tagalog is primarily spoken in the northern Luzon area, while Cebuano is primarily spoken in the Cebuano area. Home Away broke down the basics in this infographic.
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Here is a handy trick to help you develop the ability to chat it up: Create a "spiel"!
Use the phrases shown on this Cheat Sheet to develop your own canned SPIEL – a set of stock phrases that you say to people you would like to converse with.
Write your “spiel” out on a card and carry it with you until you know it by heart.
When you see someone you would like to talk to , say your spiel to them (you can even read the parts you forget). Yes, it’s contrived. But most people are so glad to have the opportunity to be able to carry on any sort of conversation with you that they won’t care.
When you exhaust your vocabulary and ability to understand, tell them that you were pleased to meet them and say goodbye for now.
Over time, you will be able to speak your spiel more naturally. Add more phrases to your spiel, and your ability to converse grows.
Some of my students have added to this technique by carrying photos of their children and grandchildren in their backpack to complement their spiel:
- “This is my son. He lives in Boston . "
- "This is my granddaughter. Her name is Alicia. She is five years old.”
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As Filipino and English are the national languages of the Philippines, you'll have a much easier time in your travels if you first learn Tagalog, which much of the Filipino language derives from. Tagalog is a language from the Malayo-Polynesian Branch in the Austronesian language family and is spoken by more than half of the population of the Philippines which stands at around 100 million people. While is one of the major foundations for one of the national languages of the Philippines, actually only around a quarter of the Filipino population speak it as a first language.
The majority of people speak English at least at a conversational level. However, this doesn't take anything away from the importance of learning Tagalog. For people who didn't grow up learning English, it's very possible that you won't be able to communicate with them in the slightest. However, the fact of the matter is that no one language will allow you to converse with the entirety of the Filipino population.